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Parshat Va’era — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Efrat, Israel – “Therefore say to the children of Israel:  ‘I am the Lord, and I shall remove you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me as a people …

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Parshat Shemot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 -6:1) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each individual came with his household….And all the souls who emerged from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls….” (Exodus 1:1,5) These opening verses of the Book of Exodus are …

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Parshat Vayechi — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Efrat, Israel – “Gather yourselves and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father” (Genesis 49:2) Death-bed scenes are usually fraught with tragedy; deep sadness at the specter of a life coming to an end with the inevitable frustrations of thwarted dreams, wrongs not yet righted, potential accomplishments …

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Parshat Miketz 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) Efrat, Israel: “The Lord shall broaden and beautify Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem” (Gen. 9:27) Why is there no clear religious prohibition against the study of Greek wisdom and intellectual involvement in philosophy, mathematics, the sciences, secular music, art, literature and theater? …

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Parshat Vayeshev 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

RSR teaching Straus Seminary and Machanaim boys

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) Efrat, Israel – “They said to one another, ‘Here comes that dreamer!  Come, now, let us murder him and throw him into one of the pits….’” (Genesis 37:19) “We are such stuff as dreams are made of.”  (Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1) From our Biblical portion …

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Parshat Vayishlach 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43) Efrat, Israel – Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the South whose lives were constantly being threatened by rocket fire from Hamas, the same Hamas which is now threatening another Intifada. That war gained a great …

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Parshat Vayetze 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Efrat, Israel – “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set…” (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home for exile. The Talmud (B.T. Brachot 26b) interprets our opening verse as follows: “Jacob enacted …

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Parshat Toldot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Efrat, Israel – “Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your …

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Parshat Chayei Sarah — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1- 25:18) Efrat, Israel – “And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: ‘Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. . . .  You shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for …

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Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Efrat, Israel – “…And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th …

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Parshat Noah 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Efrat, Israel – “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow is the symbol of the very first covenant entered into by G-d. It is the sign of G-d’s covenant …

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Shmini Atzeret 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) Efrat, Israel – “In the Beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth… Let us make the human being in our image and after our likeness.”  Why did G-d create the world? If G-d is the All-in-All and perfectly sufficient within Himself, why the necessity for a world? And …

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